Contact the visa section

Visa applications and passport withdrawals are to be submitted to VFS Global


  • Sydney (Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm)
    Address : Suite 9.03, Level 9, 139 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Melbourne (Monday to Friday 9 am. to 3 pm)
    Address: Suite 4, Level 12, 55 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria – 3000
  • Brisbane (Monday and Wednesday 9 am to 3 pm)
    Address : Level 8, 87 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill,Brisbane, QLD, 4004
  • Perth (Monday and Wednesday 9 am to 3 pm)
    Address : Suite 3.02, Level 3, 182 St. George’s Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Adelaide (Wednesday and Thursday 9 am to 3 pm)
    Address : Suite 2, Level 4, 90 King William Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Call center number: +61 2 8278 4160

Attention: Please note there is no hotline for the visa section of the consulate general.

NB pour les ressortissants français : aucune réponse ne sera délivrée sur le suivi ou la délivrance des visas australiens, qui relèvent de la compétence exclusive des autorités australiennes.

No response will be given to questions regarding

Information about visa procedure or type of documents to provide
Appointment requests
Processing times
Application fees
• General information about visas which can be found on France VISAS website.

Due to lockdown, I cannot lodge my application, can I send my application and do the interview online?

The biometric data needs to be collected, hence it is impossible to send and do the interview online.

Your application can be lodged in any open VFS Global centre agreed by France (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide). If applicable, please check that you have selected the correct VFS centre when submitting your online application. If not, re-submit correctly.

We are aware of the disagreements, however we are all dependent upon the Australian authorities’ decision.

I am in relationship with a French citizen or a foreign national living in France. Can I apply for a family stay visa?

Partners of French citizen are not eligible with family stay visa and must apply for a common visa corresponding to the project in France (e.g. visitor, student, business…).

The family stay visa is issued for very specific situation (Spouse of French national, family member of E.U citizen, joining foreign national residing in France). For more information, please click here.

Can I travel to France less than 90 days despite the Australian travel ban?

At this moment, all travelers from Australia are allowed to enter France without restriction. As the situation is changing, we recommend to check regularly conditions of entry click here.

Your attention is drawn to the fact that due to the Australian travel ban during Covid pandemic, you could meet difficulties to return Australia.

Under these conditions, we invite you to take all necessary measures to avoid finding yourself in overstay situation.

If applicable, the local Prefecture is justified in not authorizing the extension of your stay.

Is my Australian vaccination valid to move through France and Europe (Health Pass)?

If you are vaccinated in Australia, you can enter France without a PCR test. However you could meet some difficulties to move through France and Europe without a Health Pass (“Pass sanitaire”) which is a mandatory certificate for places gathering more than 50 people (entertainment, movie theater, restaurant, shopping center, health establishment, travel by airplane or long distance train and bus,…).
Without a Health Pass, you will have to present a PCR test to enter these places.

For more information to obtain the Health Pass, please click here.

I didn’t use my short stay Schengen visa due to Covid-19 and it is now expired.

Application fees are not refundable. However, you can apply for a new Schengen visa for the same purpose. It will be free of charge upon presentation of the unused visa and the tax invoice/receipt of your application (“Quittance des frais de dossier et récépissé”).

Short-stay visa waiver for Australian citizens

In accordance with the existing agreements, Australian citizens may enter and stay in France without any visa for a period up to 90 days. When entering the French territory after staying in one or several countries that are part of the Schengen Area, please note that the 90 days-period takes effect from the crossing of an external border of the Schengen Area.

Is it possible to go sightseeing before or after a long stay visa ?

The Australian holder of a Type D long-stay visa is permitted to enter the Schengen area as a tourist for up to 90 days prior to the commencement date of the long stay visa. However, the type D visa holder must leave the Schengen area and re-enter from the start date of the long stay visa.
Similarly, the Australian holder of a Type D long-stay visa who wishes to remain in the Schengen area after the expiry date of the long stay visa must exit the Schengen area by the expiry date of the D visa at the latest and enter again for tourism purposes with a maximum stay of 90 days.

Recruitment and posting workers

  • The employer has to apply for a work permit to the Prefecture online
  • Then, if granted, the work permit is sent electronically and securely to the employer and to the worker. This work permit must be provided with the visa application file.
  • For more information regarding the process, please click here

Cruises to New Caledonia and French Polynesia

  • Do I need a visa to go on a cruise ?
    In addition to current nationalities not subject for a short stay visa (e.g. European citizens, Australian, New-Zealand …), the following nationalities are also exempt of short stay visa during a stopover of less than 24 hours in the French Overseas Territories (Bahrein, Belarus, China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa).

Attention - The Consulate General of France in Sydney is only authorized to process visa applications for residents of Australia and Solomon Islands provided they hold visas valid for more than 3 months. Residents in Fiji and Papua New Guinea must submit their application in their country of residence, click here for more information.

Additional documents were requested

You may be contacted by VFS Global or receive an email from the Visa Section requiring some more documents or information.
Additional documents required must be sent to the following post-mail address:

Consulate-General of France in Sydney
Visa Section
Level 26 St Martins Tower
31 Market Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Your attention is drawn to the fact that if your application is incomplete, at worst it could be rejected, at best the processing time will be delayed.


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Dernière modification : 18/08/2021

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